Business owners and employees work together to accomplish goals and make their company a success. You can use the same teamwork skills and strategies to go green at work.
These are eight smart ways to reduce your company’s footprint, whether you own the business or support it as an employee.
1. Partner With a Recycling Company
Management teams can discuss partnering with a recycling company. A garbage truck already picks up your weekly waste, but they don’t always handle recyclables too.
A local recycling company can pick up designated containers multiple times a week to sort through your plastics, paper and cardboard so they can become new products again instead of polluting the environment in a landfill.
2. Get Recycled Supplies
Ordering new office supplies might not seem like a big deal, but it’s a significant opportunity to reduce your company’s footprint.
Instead of purchasing the same copy paper or notebooks, look into eco-friendly supplies made with recycled materials. You’ll still have everything your team needs to do their jobs, but your purchases won’t affect the planet as much.
3. Give Green Prizes
Businesses make a significant environmental impact when everyone’s on board with going green. Some team members may not care as much or feel motivated to participate. Incentivize them with green prizes when they make sustainable choices and never give up.
Employees might appreciate a water bottle made with recycled plastic or a free month of cooking kits from a sustainable subscription company. Management could also help people make greener choices outside of the office with prizes like an e-bike. E-bikes keep 15 pounds of pollutants out of the atmosphere because they don’t burn fossil fuels.
Consider what helps employees live sustainably outside and inside the office to pinpoint the best prizes for your team. If everyone checks off a list of green goals, they can win an incredible prize that makes eco-friendly choices easy.
4. Use High-Efficiency Lighting
Office lighting is an essential part of running a business, but you don’t have to use traditional bulbs. LED bulbs use 80% less energy than incandescent alternatives. Stock up on green light bulbs so they’re ready whenever you need them.
Management could also install motion sensors that automatically turn lights off in the kitchen and conference rooms whenever people aren’t actively using them.
5. Look Into Carbon Offsetting
Some companies find that donating to carbon offsetting groups is easier than making multiple interoffice changes. With a simple weekly or monthly donation, you’ll fund organizations that use that money to plant new trees, further bioenergy research or collect ocean waste.
The benefits from those efforts would outweigh your company’s pollution, negating what you can’t afford to switch to sustainable alternatives.
6. Find Eco-Friendly Appliances
If you work where there’s an office kitchen, talk with management teams and the company owner about investing in eco-friendly appliances.
Office refrigerators and dishwashers increase the business’ energy and water usage. Newer models that rely on fewer natural resources reduce your company’s footprint without inconveniencing anyone.
7. Partner With Green Companies
Most businesses partner with other companies to accomplish quarterly or annual goals. Owners and managers can reflect on whether their partners also have sustainable mission statements.
Working with brands that don’t care about climate change makes your environmental efforts look like they’re only for good PR. Partner with companies that align with your climate efforts to set your sustainable mission in stone.
8. Host Educational Classes
Many people don’t follow the news for the latest environmental updates. Research shows that people prefer to remain actively ignorant of world events because it’s less stressful than being informed. Coworkers and employees might not participate in green efforts because they don’t know enough to care.
Host educational classes while everyone’s on the clock. They could complete an online course or sit through a quick 30-minute presentation on sustainability. When they learn about climate change, people are more likely to get on board with eco-friendly changes at work and home.
Reduce Your Company’s Footprint
These are a few smart ways anyone can help reduce your company’s footprint. Encourage your team members to use recycled supplies or even bike to work.
Management can partner with recycling companies and teach about why climate change is an immediate concern. When everyone finds something they can do, company carbon footprints begin to shrink.